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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Show information
Network

Netflix

Showrunner(s)

TBA

Starring
Director(s)
Music by
Opening theme

"Look Away" (performed by Neil Patrick Harris)

Studio(s)
Executive Producer(s)
Producer(s)
Rated

TV-PG

No. of seasons

1

No. of episodes

8

First aired

January 13, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a television adaptation of Lemony Snicket's popular book series of the same name. The show is produced and distributed by streaming service Netflix and the first season was released on January 13, 2017. Production began in March of 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.

PremiseEdit

The series, as described by Netflix, will "recount the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths."[1]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

Harris was announced to be in negotiations for the role in January of 2016. Soon after reports were published he confirmed the casting on his Twitter feed.
Described in the open casting call announcement as "a young, not-too-mature 14-year-old. She is self-confident, capable and smart beyond her years. She helps her brother and sister solve problems with her skills as an inventor. She is the eldest and a natural leader of the group." Weissman was announced as being cast in the role on January 26, 2016.
Described in the open casting call announcement as "the middle child in the family. He's very smart and is a voracious reader. He loves books. He is charming." Hynes was announced as being cast in the role on January 26, 2016.
The character of Sunny Baudelaire is portrayed with both a real-live actor as well as CGI. A prop version of the character was also utilized during filming.
Freeman was announced as being cast in the role on March 8, 2016.
Warburton was announced as being cast in the role on March 14, 2016.

ReccuringEdit

Season OneEdit
Season TwoEdit

GuestEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season OneEdit

Title Number Airdate Writer Director
The Bad Beginning: Part One 1.01 January 13, 2017 Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld
When a mysterious fire destroys their home and kills their parents, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to live with their distant relative Count Olaf, who forces them into servitude. One night, the siblings prepare puttanesca for Olaf's theatre troupe only for him to demand roast beef upon arriving home. The children then state that they were never asked to prepare roast beef, angering Olaf and prompting him to slap Klaus across the face when he protests about the sleeping arrangements. Meanwhile, some people who are apparently the Baudelaires' parents are revealed to be alive and held against their will by a mysterious captor.
The Bad Beginning: Part Two 1.02 January 13, 2017 Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld
The Baudelaire siblings attempt to convince family banker Mr. Poe of Olaf's actions, but are sent away when Poe dismisses their claims. Olaf proceeds to give Violet the starring role in his latest theatrical production, which ends with the two main characters being married. Suspicious, the siblings research law and realize that Olaf intends to inherit their fortune by marrying Violet, which is legal. Klaus confronts Olaf, who threatens to kill Sunny if Violet doesn't follow through with his plan. At the last minute, Violet signs the marriage certificate with her left hand, invalidating the proceedings due to the fact that she is right-handed.
The Reptile Room: Part One 1.03 January 13, 2017 Daniel Handler Mark Palanksy
The Baudelaires are sent to live with their herpetologist uncle Monty Montgomery, who has recently come across a reptile he calls the "Incredibly Deadly Viper". While attempting to learn more about Montgomery, Klaus discovers that the hedge maze in Montgomery's garden is the exact same shape as the tattoo on Olaf's ankle. Olaf poses as Montgomery's new assistant Stefano and attempts to kidnap the Baudelaires, but Montgomery inadvertently thwarts the scheme after receiving an encrypted message instructing him to take the Baudelaires to Peru. Believing "Stefano" to be a spy sent to steal his research, Montgomery fires him.
The Reptile Room: Part Two 1.04 January 13, 2017 Emily Fox Mark Palansky
Immediately after dismissing "Stefano", Montgomery notices that the door to his Reptile Room is ajar and investigates only to be attacked by an unseen figure. The next day, the Baudelaires discover Olaf standing next to Montgomery's corpse. Olaf threatens to kill Sunny unless the siblings accompany him to Peru, but is prevented from carrying out his plan when Mr. Poe arrives at the last minute. When the police determine that the "Incredibly Deadly Viper" killed Montgomery, the siblings successfully prove the viper's innocence and unmask Olaf. Olaf escapes via the hedge maze as the siblings run into a mysterious woman who tells them to find Aunt Josephine.
The Wide Window: Part One 1.05 January 13, 2017 Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld
Mr. Poe takes the Baudelaires to live with their Aunt Josephine, an irrationally afraid woman who lives in a dilapidated house overlooking Lake Lachrymose and refuses to speak about their parents. Olaf, who has followed the Baudelaires, disguises himself as a sailor named Captain Sham before pretending to fall in love with Josephine. Despite the siblings' warnings, Josephine accepts his invitation. Later that night, the siblings discover that Josephine has jumped out the library's bay window and left a note informing them that "Captain Sham" is their new guardian.
The Wide Window: Part Two 1.06 January 13, 2017 Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld
As Mr. Poe prepares to hand the Baudelaires over to "Captain Sham", the siblings discover the note has several grammatical errors, something Josephine would never do since she was obsessed with proper grammar. Mr. Poe takes the children to a restaurant and prepares to complete the transfer, but allows the siblings to leave after Larry, a waiter intimidated by Sham, triggers their allergy to peppermint. After returning to the house, the siblings decipher Josephine's suicide note and discover she is still alive moments before a hurricane sends the house teetering over the cliff. Escaping with a photograph of their parents standing in front of a lumber mill, the siblings find Josephine at a nearby cave only to be confronted by Olaf, who abandons Josephine to be eaten alive by the leeches that inhabit Lake Lachrymose. Upon returning to shore, Olaf escapes after being unmasked in front of Mr. Poe while the Baudelaires sneak away and set out to find the lumber mill in the photograph.
The Miserable Mill: Part One 1.07 January 13, 2017 Joe Tracz Bo Welch
The Miserable Mill: Part Two 1.08 January 13, 2017 Tatiana Suarez-Pico Bo Welch

ProductionEdit

The series was first announced as being in development on November 5, 2014 through statements from Lemony Snicket and Netflix. The project was announced to be in early stages of development and no one had yet to be hired for either cast or crew.

On July 5, 2015, a teaser trailer was released on YouTube.com by user EleonoraPoe. Various news outlets reported on the video as being authentic before Netflix confirmed the following day that it was fanmade.[2]

On September 11, 2015, it was reported by Variety.com that Mark Hudis had been chosen by Netflix as the showrunner for the series, that Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the 2004 film, would direct and executive produce the series, and that Daniel Handler would write every episode.[3]

On December 3, 2015, an open casting call was announced for the characters of Violet Baudelaire and Klaus Baudelaire. In the announcement it was revealed that production on the show is scheduled to begin in March of 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.[4]

On January 15, 2016, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris was in negotiations for the role of Count Olaf. It was also announced that Mark Hudis had stepped down as showrunner and that a replacement was being searched for.[5]

On January 26, 2016, it was announced that Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes have been cast as Violet Baudelaire and Klaus Baudelaire, respectively.

On March 8, 2016, it was announced that K. Todd Freeman has been cast as Mr. Poe.[6]

On March 14, 2016, it was announced that Patrick Warburton has been cast as Lemony Snicket.[7] It was also reported that production is slated to begin in May of 2016.[8]

On March 18, 2016, it was announced that Aasif Mandvi has been cast as Uncle Monty.[9]

ReceptionEdit

The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events has received critical acclaim. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 92% of critics have given the season a positive review based on 37 reviews, with an average score of 8.2/10. The site's consensus states: "Enjoyably dark, A Series of Unfortunate Events matches the source material's narrative as well as its tone, leaving viewers with a wonderfully weird, dry, gothic comedy."[10] According to Metacritic, the series holds an average rating of 84, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim."[11]

Erik Adams of The A.V. Club awarded the series a B and praised it for treating "mature themes like grief, loss, and disappointment with sardonic honesty." Adams compared the program positively to the Adam West Batman series, calling it "kids stuff with adult sophistication, driven by two-part stories, outrageous visuals, and the scenery-chewing of big-name guest stars".[12] Ben Travers of Indiewire gave the series an A-, saying that it "proves as inspirational and endearing as it claims to be forlorn and heartbreaking". He also praised the series in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, arguing that it "proves hope can trump hate — at a time we need to hear it as much as our children".[13] Brian Lowry of CNN praised the showrunners for "infusing the show with a lemony-fresh feel, conjuring a series similar to the fantastical tone of Pushing Daisies. Lowry wrote that "the show proves a good deal of fun" and that "Harris dives into his over-the-top character with considerable gusto". He also argued that the series improved upon the 2004 movie.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Netflix Adapting Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ As Series. Retrieved on 7 July 2015.
  2. Watching the Series of Unfortunate Events Teaser Is Like Playing an Unfortunate Game of I Spy. Retrieved on 7 July 2015.
  3. Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series Taps ‘True Blood’s’ Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld (EXCLUSIVE). Retrieved on 12 September 2015.
  4. A Series Of Unfortunate Events Online Search. Retrieved on December 5, 2015.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris to Star in Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' as Showrunner Exits. Retrieved on January 15, 2016.
  6. Petski, Denise (March 8, 2016). K. Todd Freeman Joins Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’; Anna Torv in ‘Mindhunter’. Deadline. Retrieved on March 11, 2016.
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). Patrick Warburton Is Lemony Snicket In Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’. Deadline. Retrieved on March 14, 2016.
  8. Davis, Brandon (March 14, 2016). Neil Patrick Harris Closes Deal To Star In Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. ComicBook.com. Retrieved on March 15, 2016.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (March 18, 2016). Aasif Mandvi Cast In Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ & USA’s ‘Mr. Robot’. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 19, 2016.
  10. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: SEASON 1 (2017). RottenTomatoes.com (January 9, 2017). Retrieved on January 10, 2017.
  11. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) : Season 1. Metacritic.com (January 9, 2017). Retrieved on January 10, 2017.
  12. Orphaned at the cinema, A Series Of Unfortunate Events gets its due on Netflix. The A.V. Club (January 10, 2017). Retrieved on January 10, 2017.
  13. ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Review: Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series is Exactly What Kids Need in 2017. Indiewire.com (January 5, 2017). Retrieved on January 11, 2017.
  14. 'Lemony Snicket' books find fresh new life as Netflix series. CNN.com (January 10, 2017). Retrieved on January 11, 2017.

External linksEdit

Official Netflix Website

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